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Florida Panthers' Brian Campbell on a gay teammate: 'If you're good enough to play you can play'

Florida Panthers star defenseman Brian Campbell has talked with Miami Herald sports writer George Richards about You Can Play Project's Equality Night Saturday at BB&T Center.

You Can Play Project began after then Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke lost his gay son Brendan in a 2010 car crash. Brian Burke and older son Patrick started the You Can Play to show support for gay hockey players and fans.

"I obviously fully support the initiative and the program. I think it's a great program and it's a credit to the Burke family for starting it up. Now, the NHL and the Panthers are expanding it and making more people aware of it. I don't know if all NHL teams are doing something but it's good of the Panthers to get things started," said Campbell, who last year made a promotional You Can Play video.

"It's a simple saying, but it's true; it doesn't matter who you are or what you believe in, if you're good enough to play you can play. And that goes to our fans as well. We want everyone to come out and enjoy hockey. Some may be coming to the game for the first time. I hope they get hooked on it. They'll find it's a game you can get hooked on very easily," he said.

"It's nice to be able to go about and publicize that everyone is welcome here. I support that. But it's not just about gays and lesbians; everyone is welcome."


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